Friday, August 14, 2009

Conquer the World!?!.... or not!

This morning was quite humorous. I set my alarm for 5:30 am in order to get some things done... spend time in the word... etc. It was one of those mornings where you wake up ready to conquer the world. Well, God, with His sense of humor decided that conquering the world was not His plan for me, but rather conquering... dog vomit all over the house. haha Usually this would be frustrating, but it made me laugh because the same exact thing happened the last time I tried to do something similar. It ended up being a good time in prayer. It was a great reminder to me that my plans are not ultimate. He is completely in control and can change my plans however He desires. I do hope that my plans are not continually changed in this way... maybe something more exciting. ;) Anyway, I found it neat how God could take something like dog vomit and turn it into a blessing. This evening, I decided to read over Philippians 3 since it is one of my favorite chapters.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

I know you see these verses on my blog all the time, but it is something that I need to be continually reminded of. Reflecting over the last year of my life, I see times where I have done well, and I see times where I have reached behind rather than forward. It's important for me to remember that those times are gone now. I can't change the past. What I did for Him will last... what I did for myself will not last. I am excited about this next year of life. It is another year to live for Him... another year to press on toward the goal.

It's kind of awkward asking for a birthday gift, but I am going to go ahead and ask anyway. I would like to ask for your prayers... specifically:

1) That Christ would be the center of my daily living.
2) That He would grant me His wisdom in the huge/life-changing decisions that will be made this next year.
3) That I would grow continually closer to Him both in knowledge of Him and in obedience to what He reveals.
4) That I would have a tender heart toward His ways... that I would be responsive to His leading without delay.
5) That God would use my life for His glory.


Josh said...

Hi Daniel,
My prayers are exactly the same! And yes, I will definitely be praying for you.

Dog vomit??? Gross!

Tabitha said...

Hey Daniel,

I am definitely praying for you!

Sarah Peña said...

Praying for you Daniel! When is your birthday?

Sarah :)

Maiden of Purity said...

Wonderful post!

I often have to come to that concluson that I am not in control, however, God is, and He can change anything. Everything that I think I will do, is not in my hands, although His. Your post really showed how we try to take things in our own hands, making our own plan etc., however, wait, God is in charge, and He will change things up a bit. He sure has a sense of humor, and it keeps us going and laughing at moments!

Felicity said...

I highly suggest getting rid of your dog. ;) j/k

Carissa said...

Happy birthday!! Really late, I know. But I did say it on your birthday, too. :)

Funny story, by the way...

I am praying for you.

And Sarah, his birthday is the 15th of August. I just found out. :)

God bless,